Naples

Times, when the city had a poor reputation, because of the strong Mafia activity had almost gone, trash crises and other notoriously known things are in the past and s fresh influx of tourists can enjoy the untouched identity of the city, although some parts of the city are still relatively impoverished. With SafeAround you will be allowed to see on a map the city’s safest and potentially dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advice in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to the place where the sea, cuisine and locals hospitality remains unchanged already several centuries.

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The city name has a Greek root and was named after Neapolis, meaning new city. The main distinction of the city is that it has the biggest historical city center in the whole world, which was granted by the UNESCO World Heritage Site denomination. More than 450 historical churches are scattered around. The city used to be divided into 30 neighborhoods, however, know, there is no any administrative need in that, although locals still use that separation. Nowadays the city has 10 municipalities and we try to cover each of them in order to give you a complete image about all crimes and risks that may be hidden within the walls of this medieval city.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Naples is an overall safe city. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about Naples dangerous mafia, ongoing problem with organized crime and different reports about the Camorra (local mafia) which controls many industries in the city. But mostly it is not impact tourists. However, the rate of petty crimes is high and bag-snatching is very common, that’s why don’t wear any valuables in order to not give a seduction for criminals to mug you.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets activity is high in all known touristic sites.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

It’s worth to pay attention to motorcycle robbers. However, basic simple precautions will allow you to eliminate all chances to be robbed.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Gypsy groups hanging out around the tourist’s spots. They distract and they steal, be alert of your surroundings. The string/bracelet scam – these scammers will ask if you want a friendship bracelet or simply if you want to see a focus. If you say yes, they will tie you a string on your rest, in a way you won’t be able to take it off. Then they will demand money from you. The most ruthless might threat you, and bring you to the nearest ATM under force. There are plenty other scams on the Naples’s streets, so the wisest will be not accept anything from strangers as it 99% a scam. Others very known scams are rose scam, gold ring scam. Count your change as the Lira 500 looks practically identical as 2 euros. This scam is very frequent.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

  Overcharging in taxis is common. Always ensure that the meter is on. Try to know the fare of the trip in advance and ask the driver about the approximate price of a ride. Be aware of street touts selling the tickets for water buses and “vaporetti” for an inflated price. Driving a car, be aware of the scammers who drive old vehicles and intentionally bangs into your vehicle, so as to claim damage. (In some case it was damaged beforehand)  

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Naples stands in the seismically active area.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Naples is generally very safe for women travelers, use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places. It’s advisable not to walk alone, try to keep in a group and do not leave any drinks in the bars or clubs unattended as drink spiking is common. Avoid before mentioned non-go areas.

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Historic Center

This area is definitely number 1 tourist destination. With magnificent churches, Greco-roman ruins, famous authentic streets like Spaccanapoli and other markets make this vibrant place a real free-of-charge open air museum. However, worth to be constantly vigilant as numerous pickpockets operate near the “Spaccanapoli” and sometimes happened that different people stand beside the churches asking for an entrance fee.

Agnano

Mostly known destination around Naples. It was favored by Romans and Greeks for its hot springs. Nowadays it’s very visited area as thermal baths and lots of volcanic phenomenon’s are scattered around. Astroni crater is the main spot to visit as it’s a World Wildlife Fund oasis.  Each newcomer will feel very secure in the area, however, the potentiality of being robbed exist. So, be alert and watch out for your belongings.

Posllipo and Chiaia

The most charming destination of the Naples. Remarkable Roman ruins are here. Gardens and sophisticated baroque churches add up romantic notes for this place. Supposed to be an untroubled area, with the relatively low crime rate.
All around the Naples the chances of being robbed exist especially should be pay attention to motorcycle robbers. However, there is a type of neighborhoods where ought to follow all possible safety precautions and even minimize the stay time during the night time. SafeAround compiled the list of that kind of places:

The Amalfi Coast

Car-thefts are very common in this neighborhood. Valuables are often stolen if it was left in the plain sight of the parked car.

Piazzza Garibaldi (Central train station)

An epicenter of the pickpockets. Above that, the area is very seedy, particularly during the night. Many fake items openly selling around. Being there, worth to grab as less cash possible and secured other valuables at the hotel’s deposit.

Ponticelli o Casoria

The place where the dirty spot of the city’s past hasn’t been washed off yet. This oriental neighborhood is stuffed with garbage. Definitely not a nice place to visit during your holiday, however you are not likely to turn out there as it is pretty remote from the city center.

Via marina and Scampia

The neighborhood with the highest` crime rate. Risks increase after the sunset. We advise to take a cab while commuting via or in this area. 

Piazza del Gesu

Infamously known for loud bars and area where physical altercations are most prevalent during late evening/early morning hours. The mix of alcohol abuse and cultural differences, make this place insecure.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days, and EU nationals (Schengen) can stay in the country as long as they want. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Italy and most of Europe is the Euro. Italy is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 70€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Italy is hot and dry, the best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long. If you want to avoid the masses, travel in Spring or Autumn.
The main international airports are in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Pisa and Venice If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page